The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, or BScN in Canada) is an American and Canadian four-year academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by a tertiary education university or similarly accredited school. Though one is eligible to sit for the licensing examination to become a registered nurse after graduating from either a two-year program with an Associate's Degree (ADN) or from a four-year program with an Bachelor's Degree (BSN), the BSN prepares nurses for a professional role away from the bedside with coursework in nursing science, research, leadership, and nursing informatics. A BSN also provides the student with general education in math, humanities and social sciences. A bachelors opens up opportunities for greater career advancement and higher salary options. This degree qualifies its holder for administrative, research, consulting and teaching positions that would not be available to those with only an ADN.
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